Liz has a master’s degree in Special Education and has taught students with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities for over 25 years. She grew up riding and working with horses and has never stopped.
Liz is the Program Director and an Instructor for GAIT. This allows her to combine her love of teaching and strong conviction that therapeutic riding and horse interaction improves people’s lives inside and out. Veterans are no exception. Her husband is a disabled veteran and her son currently serves in the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command.
Liz's Family Legacy
ARABIAN HORSE WORLD JULY 2013 ARTICLE BY MARY JANE PARKINSON
"In 1957, Dr. Harold and Betty West purchased an alfalfa
farm near Indio, in California’s desert country. There, for
starters, the Wests had two factors common to the Arabian
horse — the desert scene as a romantic element and, more
practically, alfalfa as horse feed.
The Wests realized the Arabian was the only horse for an
extremely dry climate, and they made trips to the Pomona,
California, area to talk to two of the most informed persons
on Arabian horses of that time: Herbert Reese, former
manager of the Kellogg Ranch, and Gladys Brown Edwards,
former secretary at the ranch. The Wests wanted to get Mr.
Reese’s and GBE’s thoughts about the best horses to start a